The Indian men’s cricket team defeated Bangladesh by nine wickets in the first semifinal to go to the gold medal game and secure a medal at the Asian Games.
India was shocked early in their chase after restricting Bangladesh to a meager 96/9 when Yashasvi Jaiswal, the centurion from the previous game, perished in the first over. But after that, India had no trouble, as Tilak Varma and captain Ruturaj Gaikwad pounded the Bangladeshi bowlers with a barrage of fours and sixes to reach the score in just 9.2 overs.
India’s bowlers put up a fantastic performance, limiting Bangladesh to inside the 100-point mark. Washington Sundar picked 2/15, and R Sai Kishore concluded with 3/12. India’s captain, Ruturaj Gaikwad, won the toss and decided to field after a brief rain delay.
Bangladesh struggled at 21/3 as a result of the Indian pacers’ excellent start. R Sai Kishore took the first wicket for India, while Washington Sundar added to Bangladesh’s misery by striking twice in his second over.
After the Powerplay, things got worse as India’s finger spinners continued to enjoy a ball and the Bangladesh scoreboard portrayed a bleak image at 41/5. Only 55 runs could be added by Bangladesh’s final 4 wickets as Indian spinners enjoyed themselves.
Here are some key points from the Asian Games semifinal between Bangladesh and India.
– India defeated Bangladesh by nine wickets to advance to the men’s cricket gold medal match at the Asian Games.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, the captain of India, chose to bowl against Bangladesh after winning the toss.
– Shahbaz Ahmed made his international debut for India, replacing Avesh Khan.
– R Sai Kishore scooped up three twelves to limit Bangladesh to ninety-six points.
– In response, India lost Yashasvi Jaiswal, who was in fine form, for a duck.
– Tilak Varma led India to victory with an unbeaten 55 off 26 balls after scoring a fifty to break his dry run of form.
– Tilak and Ruturaj Gaikwad added a 97-run combination that was undefeated, securing India a medal.